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Asos warehouse fire in pictures

Smoke billowing from Asos warehouse at Grimethope near Barnsley Credit: Mathew Hanley
Emergency services at the warehouse Credit: Mathew Hanley
Around 60 fire fighters were brought in to tackle the blaze Credit: Mathew Hanley
Asos fire at around 1am this morning Saturday June 20,2014 Credit: Mathew Hanley

Barnsley resident Mathew Hanley took these photographs of the fire at the Asos factory warehouse on Park Spring Road in Grimethorpe near Barnsley last night (Friday June 20,2014).

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue who are investigating the blaze believe it could have been started deliberately.

Read: Asos warehouse fire could cause 'supply chain chaos'

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Asos warehouse fire 'could cause supply chain chaos'

The Asos warehouse near Barnsley pictured last year. Credit: PA

A fashion retail expert told ITV News that a fire at the large Asos distribution centre near Barnsley could cause "chaos" further down the supply chain.

As well as existing stock, taking their website down will mean no further sales are made.

"Not selling anything thing means there will be a backlog of items waiting to come into the warehouse," said the insider, who works for a company that supplies Asos.

"This can cause chaos with smaller suppliers who don’t necessarily have the space to hold onto orders.

"Smaller factories will be manufacturing Autumn/Winter collections now and it may be prohibitively expensive to rush certain summer collections back into production."

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Asos issue statement on Barnsley warehouse fire

Asos have issued the following statement regarding the huge fire which has damaged their Barnsley warehouse leading to the company temporarily taking their internet shop offline.

"A fire broke out at our Barnsley Distribution Centre late on Friday night, June 20th. The site was attended by the fire service promptly and the fire was quickly brought under control. Our first and overriding concern is our people. We are very relieved that no one has been hurt. In order not to disappoint our customers we have temporarily stopped taking orders. When we have clarity on the situation, we will issue a further statement."

– Asos spokesperson
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Fire-damaged Asos warehouse held 10 million packages

The Asos Barnsley warehouse pictured in 2013. Credit: Asos

The Asos warehouse damaged in a fire near Barnsley is said to contain over 10 million boxes of packaging and is more than 60,000 square metres in size.

The building is described on the Asos website as "the size of six football pitches, so pretty huge. Every one of our products comes here and is checked, picked and packed before making its way by air, land or sea, to be delivered."

The retailer sells fashion and beauty products around the globe and last year made sales of over £750 million.

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